It seems that you can’t scroll through a social feed without hitting a fair few dozen Insta-worthy snaps of the Amalfi Coast. From reclining boat shots to a panoramic view or two, 2018 was the year of the picturesque Mediterranean coast. While I was aware of its social street cred, I ventured to the Italian hotspot for a far more practical reason – it was the closest coastline to my wedding venue. But a week spent inhaling pasta and sunning myself on the rocky coves didn’t seem too shabby.
Booking so late in the season meant we were greeted by plethora of ‘no’s’ from the hotels to be seen at thanks to a certain new duchess and her penchant for that Italian skyline. But nestled into the cliff face between Amalfi and Ravello was a hidden gem that boasted a homemade menu and an available room to boot. Torre dello Ziro was a saving grace in our hour of honeymoon need and we couldn’t believe our luck that this family-run abode was within budget and possessed the intimate setting we were looking for in a sea of tourist-laden towns.
Spiralling up the Amalfi mountains, with the emerald sea below and Frank Sinatra blasting overhead in the car, I felt as though I was in a scene from Roman Holiday and made a mental note that I must buy a headscarf from the markets we passed through. The roads to Torre dello Ziro are hairy to say the least – fast, furious and not for the faint-hearted, we arrived in one piece before our breath was momentarily taken away by the dramatic views at our feet. Little villages twinkled above in the dusk light as locals picked the last of the day’s lemon crop on the vines below. The faint twang on church bells sounded out around the valley and we made our way to our room.
As an extension of the owner’s home, Torre dello Ziro has all the cosiness of a B&B without the awkward intrusion you can feel at times. Although staff are contactable via WhatsApp and are floating around during the day, the place is yours and there’s a serene privacy that allows you to sit alone in communal areas (we commandeered a balcony most nights without seeing a soul). Our room was large and beautifully decorated – think local rugs, shabby chic wardrobes and deep marble windowsills making way for panoramic views outside. The bathroom is a Pinterest haven of rustic tiles that wouldn’t be out of place in Elle Decor, a floor-to-ceiling shower and marble accents throughout.
While our days were spent walking the winding stairs down to Amalfi (it takes a mere 15 minutes) or catching the bus to Positano from outside of Torre dello Ziro, we spent our early evenings enjoying a glass of bubbly on the terrace drinking in the view and watching the soaring birds float through the eye-watering drop below. With authentic Italian food as the order of the day, every day, we started the day with a fresh, homemade spread of sun-dried tomatoes, pastry’s, cakes, chocolate and hazelnut spread and natural yoghurt, all created at the fair hands of the owner. Sitting 300 metres into the sky, if this isn’t heaven, I don’t know what is.
Torre dello Ziro, Via delle Cartiere, 6 (Via Cigliano) – 84010 Ravello (SA), Italy.
Tel: +39 089 873503
Located in the heart of the Amalfi Coast and just a 12-minute walk for the beach, the hotel is a 10-minute drive from Ravello and 23.6 miles from Naples International Airport. Free parking is available for guests.
Type of Hotel: Shabby Chic B&B
Room Categories: Classic and Deluxe Rooms including complimentary Wi-Fi.
Price Band: Mid-level, fantastic value
Insider Tip: There’s a Spar nearby with a delicious deli of local produce – a must for a picnic at the B&B.
Reviewer’s Rating: 10/10
Jessica Harris is a UK-based journalist with a background in fashion, beauty and travel journalism.
Photographs courtesy of Torre dello Ziro and by Jessica Harris